NHL Expansion and Relocation, 1942-Present

Last year, we made a map showing the history of NHL team relocation and expansion from the Original Six in 1942 to the current 30 teams in 2014. This year, we decided to improve the map and also show how the logos of each team changed over time. As you can see, most teams stuck to a basic design, but others experimented with a variety of different ideas and images. 

The timeline is as follows:

1942-1967: The Original Six era of the NHL. The teams are the Boston Bruins, the New York Rangers, the Chicago Black Hawks, the Montreal Canadiens, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Detroit Red Wings.

1967-1970: Six new teams are introduced, doubling the number of teams in the league. The new additions are the California Seals (changed to the Oakland Seals that same year), the Los Angeles Kings, the Minnesota North Stars, the Philadelphia Flyers, the St. Louis Blues, and the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

1970-1972: The league makes two more additions: the Buffalo Sabres and the Vancouver Canucks. The Oakland Seals have a second identity crisis and switch their name to the California Golden Seals. 

1972-1974: The New York Islanders and the Atlanta Flames join the league. 

1974-1976: The Kansas City Scouts and the Washington Capitals join the league, making the total number of teams now 18. 

1976-1978: The California Golden Seals franchise moves, becoming the Cleveland Barons. The Kansas City Scouts also relocate to Colorado to become the Rockies. 

1978-1979: The Cleveland Barons merge with the Minnesota North Stars and the number of teams drops to 17. 

1979-1980: Four teams from the short-lived World Hockey Association join the NHL: the Edmonton Oilers, the Hartford Whalers, the Quebec Nordiques, and the Winnipeg Jets. 

1980-1982: The Atlanta Flames move to Calgary and become the Calgary Flames.

1982-1991: The Colorado Rockies relocate and become the New Jersey Devils. The Chicago Black Hawks make a minor tweak and change their name to the Blackhawks. 

1991-1992: The San Jose Sharks join the league to kick off the beginning of the rapid expansion era of the '90s. There are now 22 teams. 

1992-1993: The Ottawa Senators and the Tampa Bay Lightning join the league, which now has a total of 24 teams.

1993-1995: The following season, the Minnesota North Stars move to become the Dallas Stars. The Florida Panthers and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks begin to play.

1995-1996: The Quebec Nordiques are now the Colorado Avalanche. 

1996-1997: The Winnipeg Jets become the Phoenix Coyotes. 

1997-1998: The Hartford Whalers move and become the Carolina Hurricanes. 

1998-1999: The Nashville Predators become the 27th team in 1998. 

1999-2000: The Atlanta Thrashers begin to play in 1999. There are now 28 teams. 

2000-2011: The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Minnesota Wild become the NHL's two newest additions in 2000. The Anaheim Mighty Ducks become the Ducks after Disney sells the team, just in time for the 2006 season.There are now 30 teams.

2011-2014: The Atlanta Thrashers move to become the new Winnipeg Jets. 

2014-2015: The Phoenix Coyotes change their name to the Arizona Coyotes. 

The Afternoon Map is a semi-regular feature in which we post maps and infographics. In the afternoon. Semi-regularly. 

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The Most Searched Shows on Netflix in 2017, By State

Orange is the New Black is the new black, at least as far as Netflix viewers are concerned. The women-in-prison dramedy may have premiered in 2013, but it’s still got viewers hooked. Just as they did in 2017, took a deep dive into Netflix analytics using Google Trends to find out which shows people in each state were searching Netflix for throughout the year. While there was a little bit of crossover between 2016 and 2017, new series like American Vandal and Mindhunter gave viewers a host of new content. But that didn’t stop Orange is the New Black from dominating the map; it was the most searched show in 15 states.

Coming in at a faraway second place was American Vandal, a new true crime satire that captured the attention of five states (Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin). Even more impressive is the fact that the series premiered in mid-September, meaning that it found a large and rabid audience in a very short amount of time.

Folks in Alaska, Colorado, and Oregon were all destined to be disappointed; Star Trek: Discovery was the most searched-for series in each of these states, but it’s not yet available on Netflix in America (you’ve got to get CBS All Access for that, folks). Fourteen states broke the mold a bit with shows that were unique to their state only; this included Big Mouth in Delaware, The Keepers in Maryland, The OA in Pennsylvania, GLOW in Rhode Island, and Black Mirror in Hawaii.

Check out the map above to see if your favorite Netflix binge-watch matches up with your neighbors'. For more detailed findings, visit

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Monthly Internet Costs in Every Country

Thanks to the internet, people around the world can conduct global research, trade tips, and find faraway friends without ever leaving their couch. Not everyone pays the same price for these digital privileges, though, according to new data visualizations spotted by Thrillist.

To compare internet user prices in each country, cost information site created a series of maps. The data comes courtesy of English market research consultancy BDRC and, which teamed up to analyze 3351 broadband packages in 196 nations between August 18, 2017 and October 12, 2017.

In the U.S., for example, the average cost for internet service is $66 per month. That’s substantially more than what browsers pay in neighboring Mexico ($27) and Canada ($55). Still, we don’t have it bad compared to either Namibia or Burkina Faso, where users shell out a staggering $464 and $924, respectively, for monthly broadband access. In fact, internet in the U.S. is far cheaper than what residents in 113 countries pay, including those in Saudi Arabia ($84), Indonesia ($72), and Greenland ($84).

On average, internet costs in Asia and Russia tend to be among the lowest, while access is prohibitively expensive in sub-Saharan Africa and in certain parts of Oceania. As for the world’s cheapest internet, you’ll find it in Ukraine and Iran.

Check out the maps below for more broadband insights, or view’s full findings here.

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

[h/t Thrillist]


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